Sierra Prince, a student with Type 1 diabetes, recently started going to Pleasant Grove Junior High School in Utah.
However, on the 8th grader's second day at school this week she was fed lunch out of a garbage can.
“I don’t even know if I want to go to school tomorrow at all,” Prince told Fox 13 Now (video below).
Prince claims when she asked for a piece of pizza for lunch an lunch room employee told her all the pizza was gone.
Prince insisted on some pizza because she had just got an insulin shot so a second kitchen employee pulled some pizza off the top of a trash can.
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Prince was encouraged to eat the pizza by her school aide and the lunch staff.
“I didn’t want to eat it, but I was dosed for pizza anyway because I’m diabetic. So, I had to eat it,” added Prince, who also has learning difficulties.
“How could that happen to a child? What adult makes that decision? It’s common sense: We don’t eat out of trash cans,” said Prince's mom Nicole Cordoba.
“Sierra can’t make her own decisions on what she eats,” added Cordoba. “That’s why they hired the helper. Not only one person made the decision for Sierra to eat out of the trash, three adults did.”
After Cordoba complained to the Alpine School District, the lunch manager was placed on administrative leave, the school aide was reassigned and a lunch worker is undergoing retraining, noted HeraldExtra.com.
Kimberly Bird, an Alpine School District Spokeswoman, told Fox 13 Now on Thursday, "In this particular case, the lunch manager, not understanding everything, was told that pizza was what her insulin, that she had just received 15 minutes earlier, the [carbohydrate] count was for pizza,”
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“And her not knowing the particulars thought that was the only thing she could have and therefore made a poor decision,” added Bird.
Cordova countered, “They should have called me and said, ‘Hey, guess what? Sierra is late to lunch. We’re out of pizza. We’re sorry. What can we do to make up these 30 [carbohydrates] that she’s been dosed for?'”
“I want them to apologize to my daughter, I want them to make her feel better,” stated Cordova. “It didn’t happen to me, I’m just her voice, I’m just her mom. If she doesn’t want to go back to that school, we may have to change school districts for her."